Gluten Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free – Can It Possibly Taste Good?

And the answer is…YES!

8005_2Pro-Teen Crunch is made with natural sources of energy, such as, rice, corn and chickpeas. Additionally, psyllium is included in this power packed cereal which helps keep you regular without all that gassiness.

The next question I had to ask when I came upon this gem was, “can it possibly taste good?” And it does! The natural banana flavor is amazing.

Finally, I can actually read and pronounce all the ingredients (click here for nutritional information)!

  • Flour Mix (Chickpea Flour, Rice Flour, Yellow Corn Flour)
  • Cane Sugar
  • Psyllium Husk
  • Contains 2% or less of Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed Oil
  • Salt
  • Calcium Phosphate
  • Sunflower Lecithin
  • Natural Flavors

So far I’ve found this at Kroger stores.



Happiness (and weight loss) in Traveling

Most of my weight gain has occurred while I’ve been on the road the past eight weeks.  I’ve traveled from Fresno, CA to Providence, RI – and it’s easy to say there was nothing short of great food EVERYWHERE I went.  I’ve become an expert at finding sinfully delicious deserts (you’d think I would put that energy towards finding the best kind of fruit plate!) which hasn’t helped my waist size shrink.

So, as I ventured out to Chicago for the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair this past week, I was determined to make things different.  Because my major set back is hunger (sounds simple and kind of rudimentary but read on…) and I was driving this trip I needed to make some fundamental changes in order to survive.  Those close to me will attest that when I am hungry I am mean.  I grow 10x’s my size, turn green and destroy everything in my path (if you aren’t catching this reference please choose your favorite search engine and type my exact description in). I am more disagreeable and angry than normal- which sets me on a rampage to find the nearest source of nourishment -which often consists of Culver’s frozen custard and fried cheese curds.  Therefore, I packed a little survival kit consisting of grapes, water and a Naked Strawberry & Banana fruit smoothie.  I know this sounds like little- but grapes satisfied my desire to munch, water kept me surprisingly full and the smoothie is a meal all in itself.

Happiness in Losing Weight

5:20 am this morning and this is what I was looking at…10 whole minutes on the elliptical and I was exhausted (it’s important to add that I made it an extraordinary 11 minutes on this thing).  I think the worst part of deciding to lose weight is the first day in the gym.  Furthermore, if you decide to go all out by hitting the gym first thing in the morning, you will find yourself surrounded by elite athletes who don’t mess around. These people rock The Arc machine while carrying weights above their head at the same time.  You can see pearls of sweat on their skin – screaming at you, “THIS IS WHAT AN IN-SHAPE BODY LOOKS LIKE!”

As I scanned my iPod for motivational music that would somehow give me Rocky Balboa like endurance, I fought back discouragement.  With so much weight to lose, 11 minutes (followed by five on the recumbent bike I might add!) seemed worthless.  It’s hard to wrap my mind around the idea that these initial minutes of getting back on track will actually make an indent…

 This thought process was responsible for keeping me out of the gym and away from healthy foods. I convinced myself that I could eat “bad” one last time – what difference was one more Concrete Mixer from Culver’s going to make?  Anyways, it’s Wednesday and no one starts eating healthy in the middle of the week!  So I’ll just enjoy myself until Monday, at which time I will have this conversation with myself again.

Meager beginnings are still beginnings – I am determined to remind myself each day that this beginning will result in an end that has a healthier and more confident version of me.

Fun food tip: When I am craving ice cream, I eat frozen low-fat cool whip. It has almost the same consistency and very little calorie intake.

Weight loss tool tip: is sort of like a free version of Weight Watchers. It allows you to track your caloric intake and physical activity.  This has been a huge thing for me.  To actually see how many calories some foods have and weigh that against the calories allotted to me in a day – wow!